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June 1, 1918


Author Affiliations

Professor of Food Chemistry, Columbia University NEW YORK

JAMA. 1918;70(22):1579-1581. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600220001001

About three fourths of the world's corn crop is produced and consumed in the United States, but considerably less than one tenth of it is used as human food. We produce three times as much corn as wheat, so that only one sixth of the corn crop need be eaten in order to replace, or save, one half of the wheat crop. In fact, the increase of our 1917 corn crop over the three-year average of the period from 1911 to 1913 is 548,000,000 bushels, or the equivalent of three fourths of a normal wheat crop. This extra corn is not needed for animal feeding, since the number of animals has not increased correspondingly. Much anxiety has been felt on account of the large proportion of soft corn, not suitable for grinding, in the 1917 crop; but this and much more will be fed to farm animals in any case.